rhode island wild plant society

Helping to Preserve & Protect
Rhode Island's Native Plants
& Their Habitats

Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their scientific and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

Paul Dolan - Rhode Island Wild Plant Society

When anyone asks what I’ve been up to, I say I’ve been ‘saving the world’. That is what we do at the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society. Fulfilling our legacy means ensuring that our native Rhode Island plants have sustainable habitats in which to flourish. We set an example. Starting in Rhode Island, we save the world.

Paul Dolan
President

2015 Early Native Plant Sale

Upcoming RIWPS Events

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Sat 16

Wildflower Walking Tour

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 19
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Recent RIWPS News

State of New England's Plants

Why Native Plants Matter

New England Wild Flower Society has released its “State of the Plants” report, the most comprehensive assessment of New England plants and plant communities ever assembled.

The report discusses the critical importance of plant diversity, profiles five key habitat types, and identifies primary threats to these habitats and to NewEngland’s plant life as a whole. It assesses the status of hundreds of rare and declining plant species. The report also outlines priorities for researching, conserving and managing thousands of species that together comprise NewEngland’s vibrant flora.

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters East) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters West). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.